What is Levelled Literacy Intervention?
Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI) is a small group, supplementary intervention designed for students who find reading and writing difficult. LLI serves those students who do not qualify for one-on-one intervention but are still struggling. The goal of the intervention is to bring students to year level achievement.
Some of the reasons why Hampton Primary School uses LLI are:
- It is supplementary to the classroom literacy program.
- LLI lessons provide daily assistance and are of significant length to ensure reinforcement of new learning and to support accelerated progress.
- There are three students to a group. The group size ensures close observation and the intensive teaching interactions necessary to promote individual learning for all students and to ensure fast literacy progress.
- LLI provides a well-defined framework within which the teacher makes decisions specific to their assessment and observations in order to meet student learning needs.
- Lessons are fast-paced and engaging.
- There is a focus on comprehension with students reading several books every lesson and the teacher providing comprehension support at the literal, inferential and critical level.
- The focus of the writing sessions is to build early writing strategies. Students learn to plan, compose and revise their writing. They are instructed in how to use sound analysis, important spelling strategies and early writing conventions.
- Fluency is also an important goal. Lessons include attention to phased and fluent reading as well as fluency in writing so that slow processing is not perpetuated and the need for reading and writing stamina met.
- Each levelled text is of high quality. Students process a new book every day.
- Lessons include a systematic focus on phonics covering areas such as phonological awareness, letter knowledge, letter-sound relationships, letter formation, word structure, spelling patterns and high frequency words.
- LLI includes initial and ongoing assessment and progress monitoring.
- LLI provides a strong classroom connection. Each lesson provides a link to the classroom. Students take books to read, word activities and writing to reread back to the classroom.
- LLI also provides a strong home connection. With students having opportunities to share books, phonics material, spelling and writing tasks with their parents.
- Lesson specific suggestions are also made to assist students who are learning English as an additional language.
- LLI requires a high level of professional development.
Individual Learning Improvement Plans are written for all students at risk to provide a solid link between parents, the classroom and the intervention program. Students who experience difficulty in the early years often fall further and further behind their peers and fail to fully benefit from the reading and writing instruction provided by the classroom teacher. LLI is a powerful early intervention that can change the path of a child’s journey to literacy. Reading and writing difficulties are preventable with effective early intervention, intensive teaching, appropriate resourcing and on-going monitoring so that no student falls through the cracks and all students become literate.